Steven Taylor believes the future looks bright for Newcastle - and he is planning to play a big part in it.
The Magpies have enjoyed a productive return to the Premier League season, with a top-half finish very much on the cards.
Managerial upheaval earlier in the campaign did little for continuity, with Chris Hughton replaced by Alan Pardew, but the club have put those troubles behind them.
They are now determined to end the season on a high, paving the way for further progress to be made in 2011/12.
Taylor sees no reason why the club cannot go from strength to strength and, having shaken off a succession of niggling knocks, he hopes he will be around to help the Magpies fulfil their potential.
"It is all about me concentrating here on things long-term and moving forward," the centre-half told the Evening Chronicle.
"We know there is going to be continuity now with Alan Pardew and John Carver here for the next few years.
"I want to be part of that future.
"We can make progress over the next few years at this club. I think there can be exciting times ahead once again and obviously the aim is to be part of that."
Taylor has returned to the Newcastle side over recent weeks, but he admits the season has been a frustrating one on a personal level after suffering so many injury setbacks.
He added: "I had injury trouble earlier in the season and it didn't come at a good time.
"It was because I'd been out for such a long time and playing so many games over Christmas killed me a bit.
"It's just a case of getting back in and staying in. You want to catch the gaffer's eye and get selected basically.
"I'm just ready to be relied upon."